Wyclef Jean has always been a difficult artist to categorize.

Wyclef Jean has always been a difficult artist to categorize. Whether as a member of the Fugees or doing his solo thing, the rapper/songwriter/ singer/guitarist is famous for combining elements of hip-hop, soul, reggae, rock and even country into his colorful sound. Jean remains true to that formula on his fourth solo set, "The Preacher's Son." The album—the first on the artist's J-distributed Yclef imprint—features a host of all-star guest artists, including Patti LaBelle, Scarface, Carlos Santana and Elephant Man. Lead single "Party to Damascus" teams Jean with Missy Elliott for a global workout, replete with a sitar-inspired backdrop. A track like "Grateful" finds Jean working alongside a stripped bassline while creating an autobiographical thank-you note to a higher power. Dedicated to his father, who passed a few years ago, "The Preacher's Son" proves that Jean is in a class of his own.—RH

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